July 19, 2024 3:19 pm

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Snohomish County schools recognized for exemplary performance by state

OLYMPIA— For the 2021–22 and 2022–23 school years, 571 public schools in 178 school districts across Washington state have earned recognition for closing opportunity gaps and for students’ growth and academic achievement. Of those, 104 public schools earned recognition for both school years.

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Recognized schools will receive a banner to display in their buildings. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partners with the State Board of Education (SBE) and Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) to identify and recognize schools for the Washington School Recognition Program.

The full lists of all schools earning recognition can be found on SBE’s website.

2022-23 Recognition Cycle

For the 2022–23 school year:

  • 78 schools are being recognized for closing gaps,
  • 241 schools are being recognized for growth, and
  • 81 schools are being recognized for achievement.

Below is a list of Snohomish County schools during this period:

  • Arlington School District
    • Eagle Creek Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
    • Kent Prairie Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Edmonds School District
    • Challenge Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Lynnwood Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
    • Spruce Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Terrace Park Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Everett School District
    • Cedar Wood Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups and achievement for the whole school
    • Garfield Elementary School: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Hawthorne Elementary School: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Jefferson Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Mill Creek Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Monroe Elementary: Growth for the whole school and for one or more student groups
    • Silver Firs Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups and achievement for the whole school
    • Tambark Creek Elementary School: Growth for one or more student groups and achievement for the whole school
    • Whittier Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Woodside Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Lake Stevens School District
    • Glenwood Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Hillcrest Elementary School: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Stevens Creek Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
  • Marysville School District
    • Pinewood Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Mukilteo School District
    • Fairmount Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
    • Mukilteo Reengagement Academy Open Doors: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Serene Lake Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Northshore School District
    • Cottage Lake Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Ruby Bridges Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Shelton View Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups and achievement for the whole school
    • Sunrise Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
  • Sultan School District
    • Gold Bar Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups and Growth for one or more student groups
    • Sultan Middle School: Closing Gaps for English learner progress and Growth for one or more student groups

2021-22 Recognition Cycle

For the 2021–22 school year:

  • 83 schools are being recognized for closing gaps,
  • 217 schools are being recognized for growth, and
  • 48 schools are being recognized for achievement.

Below is a list of Snohomish County schools during this period:

  • Arlington School District
    • Eagle Creek Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
    • Kent Prairie Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
  • Edmonds School District
    • Beverly Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Brier Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Cedar Valley Community School: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
    • Challenge Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Seaview Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Terrace Park Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Everett School District
    • Cedar Wood Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Gateway Middle School: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Mill Creek Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Monroe Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Silver Firs Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Tambark Creek Elementary School: Achievement for the whole school
    • Whittier Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Lake Stevens School District
    • Glenwood Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Lake Stevens Middle School: Growth for one or more student groups
    • North Lake Middle School: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Marysville School District
    • Cascade Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups
    • Pinewood Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Sunnyside Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Monroe School District
    • Frank Wagner Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Salem Woods Elementary School: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Mukilteo School District
    • Endeavour Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Mukilteo Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Mukilteo Reengagement Academy Open Doors: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Northshore School District
    • Arrowhead Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Canyon Creek Elementary: Growth for the whole school and for one or more student groups
    • East Ridge Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups and Achievement for the whole school
    • Fernwood Elementary: Growth for the whole school and for one or more student groups
    • Hollywood Hill Elementary: Growth for one or more student groups
    • Sunrise Elementary: Achievement for the whole school
    • Timbercrest Middle School: Growth for one or more student groups
  • Sultan School District
    • Gold Bar Elementary: Closing Gaps for English Learner Progress
    • Sultan Middle School: Growth for one or more student groups

Schools that are recognized are those that have been identified for school improvement supports through the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF).

In alignment with federal requirements, the WSIF uses multiple measures of data to identify schools to receive additional state resources, tools, and assistance targeted to meet student needs. Those supports vary depending on the needs of the school, and may include additional technical assistance, partnerships with continuous improvement professionals, and access to targeted funding.

There are three routes for schools to be honored by the Washington School Recognition Program:

  • Closing Gaps: These schools make significant advancements for all students or specific student groups in the area identified for improvement.
  • Growth: These schools have at least one student group among the highest performers on at least 60% of WSIF measures.
  • Achievement: These schools show high performance on at least two of the following measures: attendance, dual credit completion, English language arts (ELA) assessments, graduation rates, math assessments, and ninth grade on-track.

The Washington School Recognition Program was previously known as the Washington Achievement Awards. The program was on pause during the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years as schools navigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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